Mastering the Hire: 12 Strategies to Improve Your Odds of Finding the Best Hire

Mastering the Hire: 12 Strategies to Improve Your Odds of Finding the Best Hire

by Chaka Booker


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Wednesday, July 28


Research shows you have a 50% chance of hiring the right employee… and a 50% chance of hiring the wrong one. It’s a toss up, but it doesn’t have to be.

Mis-hires siphon your energy and erode team culture. Replacing them is stressful and can cost over $40,000 per re-hire. With the right tools, all of that can be avoided, and you can consistently make great hires.

After years of scientific research and first-hand interview experience with thousands of candidates, Chaka Booker has created a system that helps employers consistently make great hires.

Mastering the Hire provides 12 proven strategies that have been used to accurately identify the right talent 90% of the time. Whether hiring manager, business owner, CEO, search consultant, team manager, team member, novice or expert interviewer, Chaka’s method is for anyone who wants to beat the hiring odds.

In this book, you will learn:

  • How to manage your intuition: when to trust it and when to put it aside.
  • Question design principles: structuring questions so candidates are influenced to tell the truth
  • The power of pressure: when to apply or release pressure and how to control the hidden internal pressure that leads to poor decisions.
  • To identify key competencies: the four competencies you must always interview for and techniques to accurately assess them.
  • Tools for removing bias: tomorrow’s talent doesn’t fit yesterday’s mold and is often overlooked. Understanding and removing bias will give you a competitive advantage.
  • To reimagine the hiring process: resume reviews, phone interviews, and in-person interviews will get a much-needed revamp with innovative twists on each.

The interview is the cornerstone of the hiring process, yet science has shown the odds aren’t in your favor. Mastering the Hire provides strategies that will dramatically improve the one decision that determines everything you can accomplish—who you hire

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400216406
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,156,361
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chaka Booker is the managing director of The Broad Center, a national nonprofit founded by billionaire Eli Broad and focused on leadership development. He has conducted years of research in hiring processes and recruited and developed talent across the country.

Table of Contents

Foreword Eli Broad vii

Introduction: The Coin Toss xi

Part 1 Reducing Interference 1

Strategy 1 Intuition, Know Thy Place 3

Strategy 2 Candidates Don't Answer Questions. They Answer People 13

Strategy 3 The Right Question Asked Wrong Is the Wrong Question 19

Part 2 Pressure Management 31

Strategy 4 To End with Truth, Start with Trust 33

Strategy 5 You're Not Assessing the Candidate. They're Assessing Themselves 40

Strategy 6 Pressure Clarifies and Reveals Potential 51

Strategy 7 Stop Rationalizing 58

Part 3 Sharp Tools 61

Strategy 8 An Interview Is a Glimpse 63

Strategy 9 Break Down the Fourth Wall 92

Part 4 Identity and Bias 107

Strategy 10 Biases Are Unspoken Criteria 109

Strategy 11 Be Mindful 122

Strategy 12 Culture Fitness, Not Culture Fit 128

Part 5 Clear Target 143

Strategic Thinking 145

Continuous improvement 157

Creativity 166

Emotional Intelligence (Circa 1990) 172

Afterword: Self-Purification 185

Acknowledgments 189

Notes 191

Index 199

About the Author 205

Customer Reviews